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This or That: Lavender, French Lavender, Greek Lavender and Spike Lavender

This or That: Lavender, French Lavender, Greek Lavender and Spike Lavender

You may be wondering, “what’s with all the hubbub about Lavender? Is there really a difference between all these types of Lavender? What can Lavender do for me?” Well we’re here to clear up these questions, and let you know why we just couldn’t help but offer three kinds of Lavender essential oil.

A Little Background

The term “Aromatherapie,” or Aromatherapy in English was created by French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, in the early 1900s. Gattefossé became the poster child of Lavender essential oil. His name and famous incident are well known amongst aromatherapists. One day, while Gattefossé was working in his lab, his hand was badly burned by an explosion that occurred. Gattefossé was able to successfully treat the gangrene that resulted from the burn with Lavender essential oil. Following this event, Lavender essential oil has been researched and studied a multitudinous amount of times.

So let’s get into it, what’s the difference between Lavender Bulgarian, French Lavender, and Spike Lavender?

Lavender

Let’s begin with traditional Lavender. Lavender Bulgarian is high in both Linalool and Linalyl acetate- two naturally occurring constituents which are known for having a plethora of therapeutic properties. Lavender is one of the most gentle, and widely used oils in aromatherapy. This oil is often employed for its anti-inflammatory, calming, headache relieving, immune supporting, sedative, and skin healing properties. With a fresh and powdery, sweet yet subtly woody, and herbaceous, floral aroma, the luscious scent of Lavender is well-known and frequently sought after in perfumery.

French Lavender

French Lavender is the fraternal twin of Lavender Bulgarian, in that, they share many of the same therapeutic benefits, but differ in ways that make them uniquely different. For starters, French Lavender typically has a high Linalyl acetate content but contains less Linalool. What that means is, French Lavender is aggressive in treating inflammation, zapping bacteria, and relieving pain. You may want to choose French Lavender over Lavender for cuts, scrapes, and local pain. Its aroma is also more intense than Lavender, with balsamic undertones.

Spike Lavender

Then there’s Spike Lavender, and with a high percentage of 1,8- Cineole and Camphor, this species of Lavender stands out amongst the rest. These constituents are often likened to oils such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Ravintsara, and have similar benefits, such as helping to relieve coughs, clear congestion, and promote easy breathing. With its high percentage of Linalool, Spike Lavender is also frequently used for its stress relieving, pain reducing, headache helping, and anti-inflammatory properties. The aroma of Spike Lavender is a combination of both traditional Lavender, and the sharp, medicinal, camphoraceous aroma of Eucalyptus.

Greek Lavender

Our newest addition, Greek Lavender, has been used as a perfume and addition to cooking and bathing since the ancient Grecian era. It has the highest Linalyl acetate content of the bunch, making it a great option for skin soothing and beauty treatments, as well as promoting relaxation. Greek Lavender has an aroma that is true-to-Lavender, with sugary, yet slightly-green notes. You may like Greek Lavender if you are looking for the therapeutic properties of traditional Lavender, with a dreamy twist.

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Edens Garden

May 15, 2019

Hi Silva! In a hair growth study on mice, a 5% dilution of Lavender in Jojoba was found to be effective. The composition of the Lavender used in this study resembles the composition of our Lavender Greek the most: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4843973/

Silva Harr

May 14, 2019

Hello. Do you know which of the lavender offerings are best to use for alopecia? Thank you!

Edens Garden

May 03, 2019

Hi Karen! Based on studies I came across, ticks seem to be controlled by Lavandula angustifolia: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20433836

Karen L Branch

May 03, 2019

which Lavender would be best for use in a tick repellant for people?

Edens Garden

April 23, 2019

Hi Carli! Spike Lavender is a good option, and would also help control oily skin. Win win!

Carli

April 23, 2019

I was going to make a blend to help with acne and skin redness (and then dilute before using) with lavender. I currently only have Spike Lavender – would that work?

Edens Garden

March 21, 2019

Hi Nuha! Based on the botanical name of Young Living’s Lavender and where it’s sourced (France and the US), we recommend our French Lavender.

Nuha

March 21, 2019

Which of these lavenders is the closest in scent to Young Living’s lavender?

Edens Garden

February 19, 2019

Hi CC! Linalool is one of the more thoroughly documented essential oil constituents. It is immune supportive, sedative, an antioxidant, comforting to aches and cleansing.

CC

February 19, 2019

You talk about the benefits of Linalyl and that it is in all of them; however, you don’t specifically talk about any benefits of Linalool. Only that it is lower in concentration in French Lavender. It seems the Greek Lavender is the most medicinally beneficial based on the article, but I’m not positive.
Also, it’s too bad the Greek lavender not available in the make your own set. It’s similarly priced to the ones included in the make your own set. It would be nice to try it with some of the other lavenders, but I’m trying to limit myself with the set (any oregano lol).

Edens Garden

February 08, 2019

Hi Lauren! Our current batch of French Lavender may be the best for what you need.

Lauren Hammond

February 08, 2019

What lavender would you recommend for the best calming property as well as the occasional headache?

Edens Garden

January 24, 2019

Hi Jennifer! Yes, Lavender oil is considered one of the safest to be used around all ages.

Jennifer

January 24, 2019

Hi! Are these lavenders considered okay to use around kids? We use lavender at night and I was wanting to try Edens garden but wasn’t sure if all of them would be considered safe for diffusion.

Edens Garden

January 04, 2019

Hi Wing Ng! That’s hard to say, as they don’t provide a GC/MS report of their Lavender oil batches, nor do they show the origin of their Lavender oil on their website. We would need this information before giving you an accurate response, however, our Lavender from Bulgaria is our most popular Lavender oil we offer.

Wing Ng

January 04, 2019

My mother absolutely love doterra’s lavender oil. She’s tried many other brands before but didn’t love the scents. I’m not a fan of their marketing and would like to find an alternative through eden’s garden. Which of these lavender oils most closely resemble that of doTerra?

Ellen

December 28, 2018

Very helpful story

Edens Garden

November 12, 2018

Hi Lucy! We don’t offer Lilac oil, nor is there a true Lilac absolute or essential oil that exists. Most Lilac oils are fragrance oils.

Lucy bianchi

November 12, 2018

What’s the Lilac oil from you when I was in New York I live in Las Vegas I would like you to send me the Lilac oil

Edens Garden

November 05, 2018

Hi Beth! That depends from person to person. Everyone is different in how essential oils affect them. We recommend starting with Lavender (from Bulgaria) and trying others if you find this one doesn’t work as well for you. You can always return a product within 30 days of purchase if you are not satisfied with it.

Beth

November 05, 2018

Which lavender is best to induce sleep? Thanks

Edens Garden

October 17, 2018

Hi Lori! We recommend checking with your dermatologist before using essential oils. With that said, you can use any of these Lavender oils on the face when diluted to 1%.

Lori

October 17, 2018

Are any of the lavender oils okay to use (diluted) on the face to treat acne & other imperfections?

Jill

September 28, 2018

Wow this is so extremely helpful! I no Nothing about EO’s and really really want to get in to them while for so many reasons. What would be good to start out with as my first oil, also looking for something to put on my wool dryer balls. Was thinking the spiked lavender.

Would also like to talk to someone more about all the other oils and quarries I have about what could help with certain ailments in our family. Thank you so much.

Edens Garden

September 03, 2018

Hi Stephanie! It depends on the product, but you might try an oil like Neroli or Frankincense.

Edens Garden

September 03, 2018

Hi Pat! When it comes to specific medical issues, we recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs.

Stephanie Gordon

September 03, 2018

Hi There I have a reaction to products with Lavendar in them – what can I replace Lavendar with in recipes that use Lavendar essential oil?

Thanks Stephanie

Pat Catania

September 03, 2018

Is Ginger or Lavender oil used for lymphoma? and what recipe would you use with what carrier oil?

Edens Garden

August 14, 2018

Hi Laura! We can’t be sure, and recommend asking your bird’s vet or an animal aromatherapist.

Laura Cutcher

August 14, 2018

Which lavender is safe for pet birds. Also, are their any more sents that are safe for them?

Edens Garden

August 01, 2018

Hi Misty! We would recommend first diluting the oil, or putting a drop or two on a tissue and sticking it in your child’s pillow.

Misty

August 01, 2018

Hi! Is it ok to put a drop of any of your lavender on 8 year olds pillow at night?

Thanks!!

Edens Garden

July 30, 2018

Hi Mike! Animals metabolize essential oils differently than humans, thus we’d recommend working with your cat’s vet and an animal aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your cat’s specific needs.

Mike

July 30, 2018

What is a good lavender oil to calm cats ?

Nesstate Flora

July 05, 2018

Thanks for sharing

Edens Garden

June 30, 2018

Hi Ernest! You may use Lavender oil to help comfort foot pain.

ernest brandt

June 30, 2018

can lavender oil help with foot pain?

Edens Garden

June 08, 2018

Hi Judy! Lavandin does work very well, but you may have to try different Lavenders before you find the right one. We haven’t done a side-by-side comparison of Lavender oils in soap making.

Judy McCALVIN

June 08, 2018

Which lavender essential oil you carry holds up better in cold process soapmaking? Would it be Lavandin?

Edens Garden

May 31, 2018

Hi Annamaria! For this type of issue, we would recommend working with your child’s doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe and effective guidelines that meet your child’s specific needs.

Annamaria Katona

May 31, 2018

Which Lavander would be possible to use with a child (16yeras old) with frequent seizures (due to brain damage)? I know spike lavander is not good, but from among the others I don’t know wich one to chose…

Edens Garden

May 28, 2018

Hi Theresa! Any of these Lavenders would work wonderfully, but you might start with Lavender from Bulgaria

Theresa

May 28, 2018

Hi and thank you for all your good information. Could you please tell me which lavender is used for insect control? I have a receipe for scorpian spray which includes cedarwood, lavender, lemon, wild orange, and cinnamon. I live in Arizona where we have tons of them. I thus far know that I have to use Himalayan for the cedarwood, and Bark for the cinnamon.

Thanks for your response.

Edens Garden

May 17, 2018

Hi Gerry! All of our oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade. Lavender Greek is a wonderful Lavender variety.

Gerry LAbbe

May 17, 2018

Lookin’ @ your lavender oils r they all good grade? Interested in the Greek version?

Edens Garden

May 14, 2018

Hi Jennifer! All four would be great, but Greek Lavender may be our most potent.

Jennifer

May 14, 2018

Hello
I love my fragrances – soft, fine, quality. Always have lavender oil in the house and love sandalwood, petitgrain and neroli, to give you an idea of my preferences.
That being said, which lavender oil would be the best for soy candle making?
Thank you & best regards – Jennifer

Edens Garden

May 09, 2018

Hi Cheryl! Any of our Lavenders would be great for what you need.

Cheryl Judy

May 09, 2018

Which one is best for burns?

Edens Garden

May 01, 2018

Hi Dominique! Aroma is subjective, but many of us here feel that Greek Lavender is our sweetest smelling Lavender.

Dominique

May 01, 2018

Which Lavender is more sweet smelling. I am having an issue finding one I really like and spending money to try them.

Edens Garden

April 27, 2018

Hi Haleigh! There is no best Lavender oil for sleep. Everyone is different in what works best for them. You could even try combining them! To help you decide, most customers find reading reviews to be helpful.

Haleigh

April 27, 2018

Which lavender is the best sleep aid?

Edens Garden

April 23, 2018

Hi Lisa! We’re not sure that Lavender helps with hair loss. Coffee essential oil and Rosemary Spanish on the other hand are great picks. For hair nourishment, try any one of these Lavender oils

Lisa

April 20, 2018

Which type of lavender helps with hair loss?

Dan

March 27, 2018

I love these oils, they work for me…on everything.

Ooook

March 16, 2018

NVM I see now

Ooook

March 16, 2018

Yeah I think this is nonsense. First of all, where are these grown and what are the scientific names? If there are none, then these qualities you speak of are simply nothing more than aromatic blends from what it sounds like.

And what about Kashmir Lavender?

Edens Garden

January 18, 2018

Hi Carol! We will be updating this blog post in the near future!

Carol Frodey

January 18, 2018

I am with Rose! My thoughts, exactly. Where does Greek Lavender fit in?

Edens Garden

January 17, 2018

Hi Cheri! It is difficult to say without knowing your full medical history. We highly recommend seeing a doctor about this who will be able to assess your health and provide you with the best explanation as to why this is happening. We also recommend discontinuing the use of Lavender oil

Cheri

January 17, 2018

It doesn’t matter what Lavendar oil I use I still have gran mal seizures. I get a terrible headache and then go into a seizure. Do you know why this is happening?

Rose

January 16, 2018

So where does Greek Lavender fall into this comparison?